The Scottish capital of Edinburgh transforms itself in the month of August into a labyrinthine playground for adults. Comedy, dance, and performance art - to name a few - are on every corner and in every bar and every empty room and basement is transformed into a venue. Big names mingle alongside fledgling acts but somehow, just somehow, it all works. It works and it is joyous.
If you're in Auld Reekie in August then your entertainment is sorted. But what about eating and drinking? Laughing works up an appetite. Luckily the town is already a hotbed of delicious food and caters to every taste whether you want the most succulent steak you've ever had, an overflowing Chinese buffet, or traditional Scottish fare.
Consistently ranked as one of the best steakhouses in Scotland, Wildfire is in the New Town area of Edinburgh just off Princes Street - the most famous street in the capital. This cosy one room, family-run restaurant specialises in locally and Scottish-sourced beef, seafood, and produce.
“Our beef is selected, prepared and hung for us by John Gilmour of Tranent, master butchers since 1946. Fresh fish is supplied by third generation local fish merchants, Ranaldi, based in Granton. Mussels are delivered daily from the west coast. Our venison comes from wild Perthshire deer, lamb from the Scottish Borders. Artisan and farmhouse British cheeses are supplied by renowned Edinburgh cheesemonger, Iain Mellis and dairy produce from Fife Creamery.”
The seats fill up quick so be sure to book ahead and arrive ready to order a three course meal. While the steaks are their speciality, their starters and desserts are not to be missed. Haggis with a Drambuie, wholegrain mustard and honey cream sauce is the best way to kick off a Scottish meal. Their Whisky, honey and oatmeal ice cream served with fresh mixed berries, raspberry sauce and a homemade shortbread biscuit rounds it all out with a hint of sweetness that’s not overbearing.
This Spanish tapas bar in Edinburgh is one of the best around. Their contemporary and traditional tapas come from all the regions of Spain. The menu consists of recognisable tapas like tortilla española and patatas bravas, but also sneaks in nods to its Scottish home with Huevos rotos con morcilla de burgos, or in English - Layer of potato, onion and pepper topped with egg and black pudding. The wine list consists of 15 items - enough to make a varied choice but not too many to be overwhelmed.
Kitchin, like Wildfire, is consistently ranked as one of the best restaurants in the whole of the United Kingdom. This is the place to go for one of the finest meals anywhere in Scotland.
Their philosophy is “From Nature to Plate” and seafood features heavily on the menu. The Classic Kitchin Surprise Tasting Menu features a changing selection of seven courses for £88.00 per person. Not surprisingly, this is a higher priced restaurant but it delivers on its philosophy and is known worldwide for its quality. If you’re only ever in Edinburgh once, this is the place to eat.
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